Professor of 18th and 19th Century
American Painting and Sculpture
Professor Emeritus William Gerdts has served as Curator of Art at the Norfolk (Virginia) Museum and resident director of the historic Myers House in Norfolk, as Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Newark (New Jersey) Museum, and as Gallery Director at the University of Maryland (College Park), where he also taught art history. He was Vice President of the Coe Kerr Gallery in New York. He joined the faculty of Brooklyn College, and The Graduate Center in 1971. He has held visiting professorships at Johns Hopkins University, Rutgers University, and Washington University. He has received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and an American Philosophical Society Fellowship. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Amherst College in 1992, and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by Syracuse University in 1996.
The Color of Modernism: The American Fauves. New York:Hollis Taggert Gallery, 1997.
Art Across America. Two Centuries of Regional Painting: 1710-1920, 3 vols. New York: Abbeville Press, 1990.
The Art of Henry Inman. Exh. Cat. Washington, D.C.:National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1987.
American Impressionism. New York: Abbeville Press, 1984.
Masters of the Humble Truth: Masterpieces of American Still Life, 1801-1930. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1981.
American Neo-Classic Sculpture: The Marble Resurrection. New York: Viking Press, 1973.